Whitehouse is a freakn' moron. They are talking about permitting a law abiding citizen the ability to excercise a segment of the Bill of Rights. The framers were quite clear that the pwople ought to be capable of throwing off tyranny with equal force with which it encroaches our liberties. In plain english, if the police ot the military have select fire M16s then the people ought to be armed with equal firepower. While I like my shotgun it's not adequate for defense against multiple intruders and the police do not carry weapons to protect "We the People", they carry them to protect themselves. With this in mind isni't it possible that a citizen will eventually face the same danger the police have to face? If so why should we be denied same?